Junior Legion hitting the diamond

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

Junior American Legion baseball teams from the area have begun their seasons in summer baseball action.

Montrose Legion which features Elk Lake players and FMS Legion which features Lackawanna Trail players, compete in District 17.

Junior legion players have to be 15 years old and younger, and senior legion ball players must be between 15-19 years old.

FMS Junior Legion

The FMS junior legion team accepts players from Mountain View, Forest City, Susquehanna and Lackawanna Trail and is coached by Chris Fry.

The FMS junior legion plays its home games at Mountain View High School starting at 5:30 p.m.

Fry said that he is looking forward to coaching the FMS Junior team this season.

“It’s good for the kids, and it feels good to see them get out there and play,” Fry said. “I want them to go out there and have fun, but also be competitive.”

On this year’s FMS team are Mountain View’s Jimmy O’Brien, Bryan Owens, Brandan Evans, Zachariah Feduchak, Noah Pepper, Sam Flannery, Dallas Pompey, Brandon Hawn, Matt Heller, Colby Thomas, Ryan Lavin and Chris White and Lackawanna Trail’s Matt Decker, Liam Dougherty and Tim Pacini, Cooper Rosiak.

Full schedule:

May 25, at Dickson City; May 27, home against Dickson City; May 29, at Abington (DH); June 1, home against Wallenpaupack; June 3, at Montrose; June 5, home against Dunmore; June 8, home against Moscow; June 10, home against Montrose; June 23, home against Green Ridge (DH); June 15, home against Valley View; June 22, at Carbondale; June 26, home against West Scranton (DH); June 29, home against Milford.

Montrose Junior Legion

The Montrose Junior Legion ball team started its new season and is being coached by Dan Myers.

Montrose’s junior legion team accepts players from the Montrose, Elk Lake and Blue Ridge school districts.

Myers said that he would be happy if the team ended up with a winning record this season and made it to a playoff game.

“The most important things I hope to achieve for this season is for the boys to learn to play as a team and enjoy the game of baseball,” Myers said.

Montrose’s Junior Legion finished last year with a 5-11 record with a lot of close games not going their way.

Myers said the team will be led by four returning three year players including Damian Dailey, Nick Myers, Korey Stimmel and Matt Lewis.

He said the team also has a solid core of second year players and talented first year players.

Montrose’s Junior Legion team is comprised of Anthony Bartok, Patrick Conboy, Damian Dailey, Dale Harter, Justin Hartman, Nicholas Henry, Matthew Lewis, Nicholas Myers, Matthew Simonds, Ethan Stankiewicz, Korey Stimmel, Michael Vaness, Salvatore Vetri and Kyle Watkins.

Their home games are played at Montrose High School. All games are at 5:30 p.m. unless on Sunday (1 p.m.).

Full schedule:

May 25, home against Wallenpaupack; May 27, home against Carbondale; May 28, at Carbondale; May 29, at Green Ridge (DH); June 1, home against Moscow; June 5, at West Scranton (DH-2 p.m.); June 8, at Valley View; June 12, home against Dickson City; June 15, home against Carbondale; June 19, home against Abington (DH); June 22, at Milford; June 26, home against South Scranton; June 29, home against Dunmore.